John Thompson III was fired as
Thompson said in a statement released by agent David Falk that he was "honored" to have been the Hoyas' coach and proud of what his players have "accomplished on the court and how they are thriving since leaving Georgetown."
"Georgetown Basketball has been a part of my life since 1972," Thompson's statement said, referring to the year his father took over as the Hoyas' coach, "which makes this moment even more impactful, but I look forward to my next chapter."
School President John DeGioia told Thompson on Thursday he would not be brought back next year at a basketball program strongly associated with his last name.
"Our tradition of excellence as a university will forever be inextricably linked with John and his family," DeGioia said in a statement. "We are committed to taking the necessary steps to strengthen our program and maintaining the highest levels of academic integrity and national competitiveness."
Thompson, known as “JT3,” was Georgetown's head coach for 13 seasons, including a run to the Final Four in 2007 with future
What had once been unimaginable — a Thompson being sent away from Georgetown — became a topic of conversation among the team's fans as the losses mounted.
When the subject was broached with Thompson after a defeat against defending national champion
The search for a replacement will be led by former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, vice chair of Georgetown's board of directors, and Athletic Director Lee Reed.
The Hoyas' 14-18 record this season included six losses in a row to finish and marked the team's worst winning percentage since the 1950s. They went 15-18 a year ago, losing seven of their last eight games.
Thompson's record was 278-151 at Georgetown, with eight trips to the NCAA tournament.
NCAA dismisses Louisville's response in sex-scandal case
The NCAA is standing by its allegations against the Louisville men's basketball program and
"If Pitino saw no red flags in connection with (Andre) McGee's interactions with then prospective and current student-athletes," the NCAA wrote, "it was because he was not looking for them."
The next step is a hearing before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions, but no date was set in the governing body's response that was sent to the school last Friday. The NCAA's response included what it described as aggravating factors that led to its conclusions, along with a detailed picture of its investigation that include an excerpt of an interview with Pitino.
Former Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey has backed out of an agreement to take over at Massachussets, citing personal reasons. UMass Athletic Director Ryan Bamford said that Kelsey asked to be let out of his contract that was signed Tuesday, making clear that it was for “very personal” reasons. …